Dec 08, 2015 No Comments by

SANTA MARTA: COLOMBIA.. a quest for a story

lostProving By Example: I have had a long relationship with stories in Colombia… For a time, a long time, my focus was THE GHETTO SAINT: a wondrous story of heroic deed’s, dastardly villains and crimes against humanity…centered around a real world hero called Jaime Jaimerillo, focusing on his ceaseless efforts to project, champion and transform the lives of the lesser fortunate.. the street kids, urchins and gutter dwellers of Colombia’s capital Bogota. I still hold that i will tell this story one day but …. sadly not just yet.

There have been other powerful Colombian stories i have yearned to tell: Like many of my ilk, I have long been fascinated with the somewhat mystical KOGI peoples: the tribal inhabitants of the jungle clad mountains and coastal regions of an area known as Sierra Nevada De Santa Marta….  Their intimate relationship with nature and systematic approach to cause and effect, impact and action has much to teach us… I have negotiated with the MAMAS for years and although i now have rare permissions, this story will have to wait.

Sometimes you just have to go with you gut,  stop awaiting peoples permission and just grab what you can and go try.  Having tried for 6 years to fund a story in Colombia, pitching my heart out to no avail, frustration forced me into action.  I grabbed a camera, a fist full of cash and jumped a flight to Bogota.

Working with the Global Heritage Fund and Dr Santiago Giraldo, the Chief archaeologist at Cuidad Perdida (LOST CITY) we embarked on a journey into the unknown (yes really!). A quest for a lost city no less… and we found it!!!!! Obviously at this stage i can’t say much but the resulting promo is in the hands of ‘people that can‘ so who knows… perhaps the future will see it all come to light.

Here is a few teaser images below


Fingers Crossed….


About the author

National Geographic correspondent for the 2016, globally distributed, prime-time series of EXPLORER, Justin Hall is an Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker, broadcaster and journalist. He is also a Fellow of the UK’s Royal Geographical Society, specializing in hi-tech digital storytelling technologies. In the course of reporting on issues across the board from illegal wildlife trade, deforestation, gold mining, cocaine production, child slavery, piracy on the high seas and more, Justin has covered a lot of ground: From helicopter raids on cocaine factories in Bolivia to tracking down arms dealers in Moscow, he’s hitchhiked a ride on a rusty Russian jetfighter and was one of the first to use tech to champion the rights of tribal peoples back in 2000. His passion for environmental, cultural and tribal issues was cultivated through his early work with Academy Award-nominated anthropologist and filmmaker Jean Pierre Dutilleux on the series ‘Tribal Journeys’. An avid storyteller in all its forms, Justin continues to crisscross the globe, with recent investigations taking him to Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Belize, Borneo, Somalia, Colombia, Congo DRC and three visits to Libya. Armed with a smile and nothing but good intentions, Hall is not your standard correspondent.

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